Safety Pays. Falls Cost.

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Step 1: Plan


Planning to prevent a fall starts when you are estimating the cost of a job. Here are some questions to think about to get you started.


1. What fall exposures are expected? 

  • Deck or floor integrity (underside of deck, points of possible failure due to corrosion, etc.)
  • Roof edge exposure where parapets are not at least 39″ high
  • Holes, skylights, hatches, or skylights openings
  • Loading/offloading, material handling, access points
  • Ladders (set up or take down, climbing up and down, using to perform work)
  • Scaffolds (climbing onto, using to perform work)
  • Open-sided ramps, floors or other walking/working surfaces, etc. with unprotected edges/sides
  • Job-related material handling trip hazards
  • Roof and other material loading and off loading
  • ATV or other motorized equipment use
  • Penthouse (access, work in a small area)
  • Conduit or other piping (gas, water)
  • Other (describe) 

2. What fall protection will be used? 

  • Guardrail system (GRS)
  • Scaffold w/guardrails
  • Scissor lift
  • Personal fall restraint system
  • Personal fall arrest system (PFA)
  • Covers for holes and openings
  • Safety Monitor with warning lines
  • Safety Monitor on roofs <50’ in width
  • Guardrails system with toe board
  • Horizontal life lines
  • Roofing slide guards (used with PFA, GRS or SNS)
  • Catch platform
  • Safety net system (SNS)
  • Warning line (low slope roofs only – 4 in 12 [or 4:12] or less)
  • General awareness training (describe) 
  • Other (describe) 

3. Specifically, who will ensure the proper inspection, use, set up, and take down of fall protection? 

4. How will drop hazards/falling objects be prevented?

  • Inspect and protect for overhead holes/gaps
  • Set up a restricted area below overhead work
  • Tether tools and materials where possible
  • Properly store tools, materials and refuse at heights
  • Hoisted materials to be secured/netted
  • Other (describe)

5. If a worker falls: 

       a) How will the fallen worker be rescued?

       b) Who will be contacted in the event of an emergency?


Click Here to download a simple form to develop your Fall Prevention Plan.


Click Here to download your Daily Job Site Checklist for Recognizing and Preventing Falls


If you are ready to create a more detailed plan, click here.


*Learn about requirements for competent persons and fall protection:
Source: Adapted from a Fall Protection Work Plan developed by Washington State Department of Labor & Industries